TSP2The Teaching Support Program (TSP) is a learning for life initiative that supports ACU academic staff in developing capabilities in designing and planning quality learning experiences for students across a range of delivery modes, particularly in LEO and online modes.

The TSP was the winner of the 2017 vice-chancellor’s medal for excellence and award for service excellence.

The fundamental premise supporting the TSP is that time allocated to unit design and planning is reflected in the quality of the teaching and the learning experience for the student. Starting with the ‘design backward; deliver forward’ curriculum / unit design model, a core element of the TSP is to offer a process, using practical tools, to bridge the unit outline with the planning and design of the LEO unit.

Another core element of the program focuses on the why and how of active learning, and then provides a template, based on good practice models, that teaching staff can use as a guide when designing learning activities.

Lastly, the TSP explores various technology-enhanced learning approaches to match teaching strategies with the appropriate digital tool for use in online learning and teaching or F2F teaching environments.

After participating in the teaching support program, you should be able to:

  • Use the language of learning and teaching to aid communication with Faculty and LTC colleagues in planning and developing your units
  • Explain the process of curriculum mapping used at ACU to align units with course, academic program and institutional outcomes
  • Apply the principles of 'constructive alignment' in order to link unit learning outcomes, assessment tasks, learning activities and content
  • Construct learning outcomes at module/lesson/session level
  • Develop units based on good practice learning design principles, with an emphasis on selecting and using technologies for activity-based learning design
  • Develop assessment tasks that:
    • comply with the principles of assessment
    • align with the unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Who is it for?

The program is aimed at lecturers and senior lecturers, both continuing and sessional. Other ACU staff with an interest in or responsibility for unit design and planning, particularly in LEO and other online environments, may also participate.

What is the time commitment?

7 weeks, approximately 1 hour per week + optional tasks.

The program comprises a series of sessions run over 7 weeks as outlined below. As each session builds on the previous one, participants are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions and complete post-session tasks. Please note that only one initial registration is required for all sessions.

When is it available?







Online live classroom

13 August 2019

1 hr 15 min

2 pm - 3:15 pm


Online live classroom

20 August 2019

1 hr 15 min

2 pm - 3:15 pm



Week beginning 26 August

1 hr



Online live classroom

3 September 2019

1 hr 30 min

2 pm - 3:30 pm



Week beginning 9 September

1 hr



Online live classroom

17 September 2019

1 hr 15 min

2 pm - 3:15 pm



Week beginning 23 September

1 hr

Relationship between the Teaching Support Program and the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education

Many staff members have chosen to complete both the teaching support program and the Graduate certificate of higher education - and that is a good thing.

  • Teaching support program was developed as a ‘tasting plate’ of some concepts and theories covered in the GCHE, and therefore there is deliberate overlap in some of the topics covered.
  • Both the teaching support program and the GCHE have a practical orientation, but the GCHE has a deeper scholarly and theoretical content underpinning this, and requires considerably more substantive engagement.
  • Given the introductory nature of the TSP, it’s best to complete it before the GCHE - but, you can do it after if you wish.


  • “I learned a range of strategies to assist in teaching students who struggle with critical thinking.”
  • “…I could see why my units haven’t been sufficiently engaging. I learn best by reading but I recognise that many (most?) or our current learners need to be more actively engaged…”
  • “… I learnt a great deal. Most importantly, the program gave me a frame of reference to reflect on my teaching practice, and put me in touch with a great many resources….”
  • “I really did benefit from doing the course and now feel more confident with my teaching practice.”
  • “In practical terms the TSP helped me greatly in understanding what LEO has to offer in terms of "digital tools" and how these might be utilised to enhance online teaching and learning.”
  • “the Adobe Connect sessions were extremely well designed and enormously valuable…. The sessions were carefully organised, highly practical, extremely motivating and sequenced well to support the learning needs of a diverse range of staff participants. It was wonderful to have ‘backward design’ and ‘constructive alignment’ explained so clearly and the various templates… introduced really helped me to get my second semester unit outlines working more effectively to support my students.”

How do I apply?

Please ensure that you have sought approval from your HOS/HOD/LIC/Supervisor to undertake this professional development activity before registering.

Registration for TSP2019 has now closed from Monday 22nd July. Any further registrations will be placed on a wait list for the next iteration of the TSP.

Register your interest for the next TSP


Educational Designers Peter Bruhn (Melbourne) and Clem Wong (North Sydney) from the learning and teaching centre.

Page last updated on 16/03/2020

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